Pest controllers hired to clear up rat problem on housing estate
Published at 15:49, Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Rat teams have pledged to clean up Workington after complaints about infestations in Northside.
Council officials say the problem should be cleared up this week following reports of rats in about 18 homes in Hillcrest.
Residents said it had been a problem ever since the 2009 floods but in recent weeks it had become worse. It is believed the hot weather may have driven the rats out in search of water.
The problem was reported to Allerdale council and housing landlord Your Derwent and Solway has hired pest controllers to lay down baited boxes.
Mike Law, from Cumbria Pest Services, said that rats had been found underneath garden sheds in the area.
He said the problem was “under control” and they would be visiting the area again this week.
During the clean-up, wood and rubbish were removed from affected gardens and residents sent letters informing them of the steps being taken.
Christine Farr, 31, of Hillcrest, said the pests were seen climbing into her rubbish bin and she had even found dead rats.
She warned: “My six-year-old son likes to play out in garden. It’s a matter of time until a child takes ill because of the germs.”
Mike Telford, from Border Pest Control in Longtown, has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. He said it had been bad for rats all year.
He had received around 20 calls about the vermin last month and the problem was equally bad in periods of both dry and wet weather.
“The dry weather affects them as well – they start looking for water,” he said. “There are more rats because of the mild winter last year and crops left in field unharvested.”
Areas across north Cumbria which have been affected also include: the Denton Holme and London Road in Carlisle, and Wigton where rats were found living in a loft.
Mr Telford said: “There’s plenty of food about for them. Bird feeders are the biggest draw of the lot because there is so much food on the ground.”
According to information released under the Freedom of Information Act between February 2012 and the end of January this year, Allerdale council was called out to a total of 31 incidents of rats in public places.
They were spotted in a number of areas including:
- Bushes outside the South Workington Partnership building;
- Poole Road in Salterbeck;
- On land in Ewanrigg Road in Maryport;
- Running between businesses in Finkle Street – with dead rats found and in the back lane and yards;
- Behind Seline Terrace in Maryport;
- Running between gardens in Highfield Court in Wigton.
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i once had a rat problem with a old shed in the back garden where they were attracted to next doors bread thrown on the ground morning and night now theres a few cats on patrol ive never seen one since so i advise people to buy a cat :o)
Just a little bit of information folks, which may come as a shock to you. If you go to a good Iron Mongers, or even in some Super Markets you can buy Rat poison and traps. It is possible to help yourselves, or didn't you realise?
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